Today, June 26, marks 15 weeks since my first day in quarantine. For reference, that's a long time.1 Since I don't want to review Java graphics concepts (¿Qué es un búfer?), I figured I would look back on the events leading up to the closing of in-person school.2

March 6, 2020

  • Virginia Science Olympiad sent out an email saying that they were monitoring the situation.

March 7, 2020

  • Southern California Science Olympiad decided to cancel their state tournament. This was a surprise–they were the first state to do so–and also a move that shook up the playing field quite a bit. SoCal was a force to be reckoned with on the national circuit.

March 8, 2020

  • New York Science Olympiad canceled all their remaining tournaments. Also a shock, since New York was a very competitive state.

March 9, 2020

  • Actually, I don't remember much happening on this day, strange as it may sound.3

March 10, 2020

  • FCPS canceled overnight trips. The TJSO officers were now scrambling to figure out transportation to the state tournament.4
  • I asked a friend for a favor: would her sister, a TJSO alumna who was on spring break, be willing to come to the TJSO meeting on the 18th? I figured it would be a morale boost for the older members of the team.5

March 11, 2020

  • North Carolina Science Olympiad canceled all their tournaments. This was the big one–nationals was supposed to be at NC State.
  • Without a national tournament, Virginia canceled the state tournament soon after. The SO season was over. This one probably hurt the most for me personally, since I had been hoping to go back to nats and maybe medal this time.
  • FCPS closed school for the upcoming Monday, the 16th, in order to figure out their coronavirus plans.

March 12, 2020

  • No one really knew what would happen at this point with school–we were all just waiting for Monday.
  • I took the National Latin exam during second period. In keeping with tradition, I got a 39 out of 40 for the third year in a row.
  • I stopped by the CSL to pick up a networking switch that had been causing some issues. I brought it home that day to fix it.6
  • At the end of the day, the principal announced that school was on for the next day, much to the audible displeasure of the student body.
  • I learned on the bus ride back home that the Pi-Miler, a 5K scheduled for that Saturday, was canceled, but the principal didn't want to admit it was because of the coronavirus.

March 13, 20207

  • I had an English group project due this day and we were nowhere close to finished. I was desperately hoping school would close or I could skip class to make some progress on it. I got my wish. School was closed for the day.
  • Later that day, it was announced that school would be closed for the next month, all the way through spring break.

  1. For an actual reference, summer vacation is about 10.5 weeks long. ↩︎

  2. This is not comprehensive–a lot of stuff happened that I probably forgot about. ↩︎

  3. This means that something super important probably happened that day. ↩︎

  4. I had been putting off an email about transportation and finally sent it that morning. That was a waste of my time. ↩︎

  5. The sister graciously obliged, though in hindsight this could have been a safety hazard–she had been out-of-state for school and TJ very well might have already been exposed to the virus. Also, there's not a lot of space to spread out during SO meetings, even with the smaller team. ↩︎

  6. It didn't need fixing. ↩︎

  7. It's kind of fitting that quarantine started on Friday the 13th. ↩︎